What Do You Do With Your ORT?

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Feb 15, 2018
Do you have an ort jar?

Do you save your ORT?

Or do you toss them in the trash? What’s that? You don’t know what the heck an ORT is?!

Well then – pour yourself a nice cuppa and let me tell you. Sound good? Okey dokey – I’ll wait for you.

Ready, Set, Stitch with Confidence!

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Jan 25, 2018
Ready, Set, Stitch with Confidence!

Last week we talked about making your needlework goals for 2018 S.M.A.R.T.E.R. – and this week, well – it’s time to wrap things up so we can actually start working on those goals and developing your needlework skills! 😉

Let’s recap what you’ve done, so far.

  1. You “Kon-Mari’d” your PIPs and prioritized them.
  2. You made a list of things you want to accomplish this year – and you turned them into goals.
  3. You made your goals S.M.A.R.T.E.R.

Congratulations!!!

You’re doing GREAT! I’m so proud of you for taking the initiative to develop your needlework skills. It’s one thing to say you’re gonna do something, but you’ve proven that you mean business.

S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Goals for a Spectacular 2018

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Jan 18, 2018
What's your biggest frustration when it comes to pursuing your needlework hobby?

Did you make a list of your most frustrating problems and challenges when it comes to pursuing your needlework hobby?

Great! What I’d like you to do now is look at that list and make some notes, so grab a pencil and a red pen – and let’s get started.

Last week, I asked you to rate your frustrations using a “star” system – beginning with 1 star for anything that’s mildly annoying, all the way up to 5 stars for those things that really, really drive you nuts. If you didn’t do that, now’s the time.

Go ahead…I’ll wait for you. 🙂

Now, let’s look and see if there are any items on your list that are out of your control.

Welcome to Serendipity Needleworks!

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Oct 26, 2017
Color Your World with Serendipity Needleworks

Welcome to the new Serendipity Needleworks website!

I’m so happy that you’re here. Please bookmark this page on the new website so you can visit with me regularly.

Let’s take a quick tour around the website and I’ll share a little about what you can expect to see here.

Gauge Matters!

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Aug 16, 2017

Always Check Your Gauge

Have you ever worked really hard on a project, only to have your hat (or mittens or, even worse, your sweater!) turn out waaaay too big? Or how about making something that ends up being entirely too small?! Well, that’s exactly what can happen if you don’t check your gauge before you start your project. Now, you may be wondering – what, exactly, is gauge?

Great question! Let’s take a look at it and see why it’s SO important!

Gauge refers to the number of knitted stitches in one linear inch of fabric. (It also applies to rows per inch, but we’ll chat about that another time.) Gauge directly affects the width of your knitted item and, if it’s off (even by 1/2 stitch per inch) can completely wreck your project.

Here’s an example…

Suppose the pattern you’re using states that gauge should be 4 stitches per inch. The pattern also tells you that you need to cast on 60 stitches. When you do the math, that calculates out to a piece o knitting that will measure 15″ wide. (Because 60 stitches divided by 4 stitches per inch = 15″.)

Choices, choices!

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Jul 6, 2017

Now that you’re committed to purchasing the best quality supplies you can afford, it’s time to take a look at making the best fiber choices for your projects. Remember in my last post, I told you that I’d be sure and address both knitting/crochet and needlepoint/embroidery? (So you’d have the information for whichever technique you prefer — or both, if you’re a multi-crafter!) Well, while writing this part for knitting and crochet, I realized that it was going to be a wee bit long, so I divided it into two separate posts.

Info about choosing yarn (for knitters and crocheters) is below.

Stitchers, you can find tips for choosing the best fibers for your projects here.

Now, my friend, why don’t you fix yourself a nice cup of tea and let ‘s talk yarn choices…

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…

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May 1, 2017
Serendipity Needleworks

And so, after 14 years – and more fun than you can imagine – I have decided to semi-retire and close the Serendipity Needleworks storefront. (I would be fibbing if I said that Rick’s health scare in January had nothing to do with my decision, or that Rebekah’s recent move didn’t influence me, either.)

New Beginnings!

It’s time to close the door on this chapter of my life and move on to the next one, which, by the way, is VERY exciting. You see, I’m writing again and I have two articles that will be published shortly. One in that fabulous new magazine called Making (May issue!) and the other in an equally fabulous publication called Classic Sewing (Fall 2017). I’m also working on a new

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